My time is up for this trip to the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Here are some thoughts on my brief time here.
BlogWorld: It was interesting… smaller than I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There were things I expected to see that weren’t here, and things that I didn’t expect to see that were.
I only had the one day Expo Pass which allowed me to go to the Expo and a couple of Keynote sessions. I went to one keynote session that featured the CEO of Technorati. She gave a report on the current status of the blogosphere and there was a shot Q&A session afterwards. There were a lot of stats that I normally don’t think about but I found them quite interesting. I think the next time I go I won’t be so cheap and will go for the whole package because I think I’d enjoy the breakout sessions by various speakers.
I’ve been blogging for almost ten years and spent very little time on the business part of blogging for most of that time. I predominantly focused on content and very little on the business end. After people told me I could make a little money I put ads on the site a couple years ago and that helps with expenses. I want to look into the business part of blogging a little more seriously in the future. That means doing more with social media and stuff like that.
Traffic: Traffic on the highways is just hideous. I finally figured out that I could take the streets and get everywhere a lot faster, especially during rush hour which seems to be from about 4:00 am to 3:59 am. Everywhere I went was less than 30 minutes from my hotel in Marina Del Rey.
I also learned that in Los Angeles yellow traffic signals mean nothing at all. They just add a little color to the scenery. Red traffic lights mean that 3 more cars can go through after it changes. I also learned that pedestrian crosswalks are sacred and people take them very seriously as one
gentleangryman pointed out.
Dining: I hardly ate while I was in L.A. I had a small continental breakfast at my hotel each morning (cereal, cinamon roll, fruit and some juice). I think the only other food I had was a sandwich at iHop near my hotel one night, a couple tacos at Jack in the Box, chicken dinner from Pollo Loco and a burger at In and Out. Friday after returning from BlogWorld I discovered a little BBQ joint in Venice (not far from my hotel) called Baby Blues BBQ.
I love places like this. It’s not fancy at all. All the tables and chairs ate mismatched and there is various old memorabilia on the walls. By definition you’d think memorabilia would be old, but in this case I feel the need to ad old to the description. Some might prefer to call it junk rather than memorabilia, but I found it interesting.
The food was excellent. I had a BBQ chicken breast sandwich that had coleslaw piled on top of it. It had sauce on it but you could add more from the four bottles on each table. I sampled all four varieties; one marked BBQ, sweet, hot and one labeled XXX. The sweet was excellent to my tastes. The others were hotter and even more hotter. The XXX was properly labeled. WOW! The place reminded me of Bubba’s in Dallas Texas that we visited last year. I would definitely go back to Baby Blues BBQ.
Now… back home to St. Louis.